Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

MA blames cannabis retailer, not traceability system, for product shortage

Massachusetts’ marijuana czar disputes a claim by a Salem cannabis retailer this week that flaws in the state’s traceability system caused the store to run out of flower. Steven Hoffman, chair of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, said the problem stemmed from an error made by Alternative Therapies Group (ATG), which incorrectly logged its inventory, The Boston […]

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Seed-to-sale problem halts recreational sales at Boston-area marijuana store

A Boston-area marijuana store had to temporarily stop selling adult-use cannabis flower because of an issue with Massachusetts’ seed-to-sale traceability system, Metrc. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) in Salem halted recreational cannabis sales because the store’s inventory data had become corrupted in Metrc, The Boston Globe reported. It’s unclear when ATG will resume recreational sales. The company announced […]

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Vertically integrated cannabis firm Ascend Wellness raises $55 million for expansion

Boston-based Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH), a multistate vertically integrated marijuana operator, secured $55 million in funding to aid expansion plans in its home state of Massachusetts and other markets. The additional money will allow the company to grow its footprint into Ohio, where Ascend has an agreement to purchase a cultivation license and is in “advanced […]

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Multistate cannabis firm expands into Massachusetts with $30 million-plus deal

Chicago-based, multistate marijuana operator Verano Holdings announced it is moving into another state through the acquisition of a Massachusetts marijuana business. Verano said in a news release it has acquired 100% of Four Daughters Compassionate Care of Sharon, subject to review by Massachusetts regulators. Verano would not disclose the exact purchase price but said the […]

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Massachusetts hits $24M in adult-use marijuana sales as state issues 100th license

Recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts have racked up nearly $24 million in sales since the initial ones opened two months ago. That’s according to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), the state’s marijuana regulatory agency, which also this week issued its 100th recreational marijuana business license and moved three shops closer to opening their doors to […]

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Law firm analysis: 79% of MA marijuana business contracts with municipalities illegal

In review performed by the Boston law firm Gersten Saltman, nearly four out of five of the so-called “host community agreements” between local governments and cannabis firms in Massachusetts are illegal, The Boston Globe reported. The cannabis-centric law firm’s analysis of 77 of the contracts found that 79% either required businesses to make payments to municipalities […]

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MA police find marijuana extract samples outside lab serving most dispensaries

Local police found hundreds of vials with extracted cannabis in a dumpster behind a Massachusetts marijuana testing lab that provides services for almost all the state’s medical cannabis retailers. MCR Labs, headquartered in Framingham about 20 miles west of Boston, was one of the first two labs in Massachusetts approved by the state’s Cannabis Control […]

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MA marijuana regulators seek to end towns’ excessive demands on MJ firms

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is asking the state Legislature for more authority to halt excessive financial agreements between marijuana businesses and the municipalities in which they operate. Marijuana firms in the state pay up to 3% of their annual revenue to the cities or towns they call home. Those payments are intended to offset […]

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Massachusetts medical marijuana provider raises $12.5 million to boost growth

Middlesex Integrative Medicine is joining forces with Full Moon Investments in a $12.5 million deal through which the private fund will take an equity stake in the Boston-based provider of medical cannabis. The transaction provides Middlesex access to more capital to build out its cultivation and laboratory facilities as well as three planned dispensaries. It […]

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